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Raccoon Trapping, Removal, and Damage Repair in the Chattanooga Area

Two young raccons in a cage trap after being removed from a house in Signal Mountain Tennessee

Raccoons are medium-sized, primarily-carnivorous, nocturnal mammals with masked faces and ringed tails. They're very strong, intelligent animals with excellent dexterity in their front paws. They're smart enough to figure out things like how to open gate latches or trash can lids, and nimble enough to actually do those things. They're also excellent climbers, and use their brains, teeth, and paws to get into buildings. That makes it a real challenge to seal raccoons out of a house or building.

In nature, raccoons usually live in hollow trees, caves, and abandoned animal burrows. Their natural diet is primarily animal-based and consists of fish, amphibians, small mammals, birds, insects, gastropods (slugs and snails), and carrion; as well as fruits, seeds, and other plant products.

Raccoons are very adaptable animals, however; and as their native habitat is taken over by humans, they have adapted to living in human-occupied building and eating our leftover food. They can be found in literally any part of a house from the crawl space to the attic, and will eat pretty much anything we throw away. They're a particular nuisance around trash cans and dumpsters.

Raccoons as Nuisance Animals

Raccoons are a serious wildlife nuisance in and around human-occupied areas.

Despite their cute appearance, adult raccoons are decidedly unfriendly animals whose strength and disposition make them able and willing to defend themselves if they feel threatened. Because they're nocturnal animals who make a habit of rummaging through human garbage to look for food, it's very easy to accidentally corner a foraging raccoon. That can be a very dangerous thing. If a raccoon is cornered, it may very well attack.

Raccoons' aggressive personalities can become a real safety risk when they move into seldom-accessed parts of a house like the attic or crawl space. If a household member doesn't know they're in there, they may startle the animal when they enter the area for some reason; and startled raccoons may very well attack. We can help you prevent unpleasant surprises by sealing up your home to keep raccoons out.

Raccoons, like most carnivorous wildlife, also have a fairly high rate of rabies. Rabies is a virus spread mainly in an animal's saliva that is fatal to humans once its symptoms start to appear. If you have any physical contact with a raccoon, you should seek medical help. Even a drop of saliva on a scratch in your skin can be enough to acquire rabies; so if you have any contact at all with a raccoon, it's best to let a doctor decide whether you need prophylactic treatment.

In addition to the health and safety risks they pose, raccoons also make a major mess once they get into a house. In addition to whatever damage they do getting into the house in the first place, once they're inside they tear holes in wallboard, pull down insulation, scratch and tear heating and air-conditioning ducts, pull screens off windows, and contaminate the area with their urine, feces, and parasites. They seem to go out of their way to be destructive.

Raccoon Removal and Exclusion

Raccoons are considered nuisance wildlife, not pests. Accordingly, there are no poisons labeled for raccoon control and there's no such thing as a "raccoon exterminator."Raccoons must be controlled by safe, humane, non-chemical methods such as trapping and removal, followed by sealing up the house or building to prevent "new" raccoons from getting in. This can be a difficult job because raccoons' intelligence, strength, and dexterity give them an edge over most other animals when it comes to breaking into buildings. That's why most raccoon-exclusion attempts by homeowners or handymen fail. Most folks have no idea how resourceful raccoons can be.

Not to worry, though. That's why we're here. Rid-A-Critter is the Southeast's leader in professional raccoon trapping, removal, and exclusion. We will safely remove raccoons from your home and building, repair the damage they caused, and seal up your house so they can't get back in. Better still, we stand behind our work with the best warranty in the business.

Raccoon Control Gallery

Here are some randomly-selected pictures of raccoon-removal work we've done in Chattanooga and elsewhere in our service area.

Please contact us to learn more about our raccoon-removal services in the Chattanooga, Tennessee metropolitan area. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Video of Baby Raccoons Climbing a Tree
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2020 09:56:45 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Soffit of a House in Dunlap, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2020 10:57:27 am.

Deep Raccoon Trails Through the Insulation in the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:20:25 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Pile of Raccoon Scat in the Attic of a House in Chattanooga, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2020 10:16:40 am.

This Was How Raccoons Got into the Attic of a House in Middle Valley, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2020 11:27:52 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to a Soffit Panel in East Brainerd, Tennessee
by Webmaster
May 08, 2020 10:37:59 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Our Crew Cleaning Up After Raccoons in the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2020 10:06:18 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

We're Cleaning Up after Raccoons in the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Mar 31, 2020 10:09:36 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Picture of a Raccoon Removed from the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Mar 25, 2020 10:30:03 am.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

A Raccoon Damaged the Ducts in the Attic of a House in Signal Mountain, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Feb 19, 2020 11:18:57 am.

It's No Mystery How a Raccoon Got into the Basement of this House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Feb 14, 2020 09:50:44 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

The Chattanooga, Tennessee office of Rid-A-Critter provides raccoon trapping, removal, and damage repair in the Chattanooga, Tennessee Metro Area, including the counties of Hamilton, Marion, and Sequatchie, Tennesee and the cities and towns of Collegedale, Dunlap, East Brainerd, East Ridge, Harrison, Jasper, Lakeview, Middle Valley, Red Bank, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy, and their surrounding areas.

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